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Caregiver.com CareList: Colon Cancer
When the diagnosis is colon cancer,
what are your responsibilities as a caregiver?
Call your local county medical association to find a
physician with significant experience with the type of
Get a second opinion (but, not a fourth or fifth) by
someone of equal or higher ability than your physician.
Insist on adequate and appropriate pain management for
your loved one.
Investigate complimentary therapies. Complimentary
therapies are advised as a supplement to your physicians
care, not as a replacement.
Maintain high fiber/low at diet. Consult a nutritionist
and don't force your loved one to eat.
Make and keep appointments. Since there is no warning of
a reoccurrence, the only way to catch colon cancer while
it can still be treated is to maintain a regular
schedule of checkups including a colonoscopy.
After diagnosis, encourage your loved one to keep
healthy routines as much as possible and to do her
normal tasks, even going back to work (if permitted) as
soon as possible.
Your loved one may feel anger or denial, become sullen
or develop an altered sense of self worth, body image
and sexuality. Reassure him that your feelings have not
changed, and provide the emotional support he needs by
listening and talking with him honestly.
Find and attend cancer support groups for both of you.
After surgery, signs of concern are: redness, swelling,
bleeding, draining, fever and pain..